Your Taste is Killer: Ira Glass Provides Much Needed Dissertation Motivation

I've been slogging through the dissertation work lately. I'm getting stuff done. But the joy is fading. Then I found this:   Oh, Ira. Thanks. I needed this. I consider our work as academics creative. The very best academic writing has a creative flair to it, whether in the prose or the theory or the … Continue reading Your Taste is Killer: Ira Glass Provides Much Needed Dissertation Motivation

19th Century Evangelical Print Culture or 20th Century Digital/Social Media?

Found in Candy Gunther Brown's The World in the World on page 169 whilst doing some evening dissertation study: Rather than providing novel information, communication networks so employed regularly portray and confirm a particular vision of the world already assumed by its participants. Readers and writers engage in a dramatic confrontation between opposing forces--such as pure … Continue reading 19th Century Evangelical Print Culture or 20th Century Digital/Social Media?

Good advice for those of us writing dissertations…

Over the long arc of your career, you will complete many research projects, one often leading to the next. Research is an archipelago, not a single island. Your goal should be to build a career piece by piece doing good research. A professor once shocked me when I was a graduate student by saying, "Hopefully, … Continue reading Good advice for those of us writing dissertations…